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The Best Living American Actors 

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List Rules Living AMERICAN male actors only. Vote up and add all of your favorites based on their all-time body of work.

It takes a lot to make a movie great. There has to be excellent writing, production, direction, editing, and of course, acting. While the crew draws out the parameters for a movie, the actors are who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. 

These actors are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. These are the greatest American actors who are alive today. Who are the best actors from the USA? That's up to you to decide. This list is votable and rerankable, and if you don't see someone on here that deserves a spot, feel free to add them, but make sure they're still alive. 
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California
2
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, USA, New York
3
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America
4
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Diego
5
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, USA, California
6
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, USA
7
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, USA
8
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tennessee, USA, Memphis
9
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kentucky, United States of America, United States
10
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California
11
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York
12
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Englewood, New Jersey
13
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
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San Saba, Texas, United States of America
14
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Francisco
15
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York
16
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
17
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added
Uvalde, Texas, United States of America
18
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
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Texas, USA, Midland
19
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America
20
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, South Orange, New Jersey
21
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
22
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
23
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Wilmette, Illinois
24
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America
25
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
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Peekskill, New York, United States of America